The following is intended to provide information regarding Dewey Public Schools’ position in response to a possible work stoppage by our teachers.
As the possibility of a teacher work stoppage is gaining momentum across the state of Oklahoma, Dewey Schools is in support of our teachers in joining efforts for higher compensation and a sustainable increase in public education funding. Although our district has been communicating about what efforts our teachers may take, there are no specific plans that we can share at this time. However, we do want to make you aware that if the legislature does not act on a plan to increase teacher compensation and public education funding prior to April 2nd, there will likely be a teacher work stoppage in our district.
Please understand, our teachers do not desire this approach, but after many years of attempting to affect change in more subtle ways, it’s clear those have been ineffective. To some, acts of this nature may appear to be selfish and without concern for students. But in fact, it’s just the opposite. Yes, teachers deserve a living wage that compensates them as professionals, but maybe more importantly, the profession itself needs compensation levels that incentivize highly talented people to enter the education field. The teacher is the most impactful asset a school has in obtaining desirable educational growth of their students. The longer we wait to fortify the profession, the more decimated it becomes, the greater the negative impact on students.
Our district’s hope is that a desirable legislative plan is approved by April 2nd; consequently, this would prevent any disruptions to our students’ education. We encourage our community to contact our local legislators and voice their concerns as well. As we continue to have discussions in the coming days and decisions are finalized, you will be notified.
Vince Vincent - Superintendent
Employment Opportunities with Sodexo
Sodexo is seeking to fill positions in the Dewey Public Schools cafeteria for the upcoming school year. Current job openings and online application information can be found at www.sodexo.com or by CLICKING HERE.
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